When I was a kid I used to dream of one day having a job that would take me all over the world. I have always loved to travel, so in my brain I envisioned a non-stop vacation filled with exotic places, foods and adventures.
Of course, reality is nothing like that.
There is a huge difference between traveling occasionally (whether for work or play) and traveling regularly, several times per month.
When traveling is a special occasion, there really are no rules. Foodists have accounted for periodic indulgences in their healthstyle already.
But when travel becomes your normal, your Home Court Habits become diluted and you need to integrate a new set of (much more complex) habits to make up the difference.
Recently my travel schedule has moved from periodic to frequent. And adjusting my healthstyle to account for the change hasn’t been easy.
Putting aside the difficulty of eating well at airports and on the plane, simply being outside your familiar environment can throw off even your most ingrained habits, like cooking and exercise.
After 6 months––and much trial and error––I’ve finally developed a set of Away Court Habits that help keep my healthstyle in check while traveling.
I won’t pretend that these are as powerful as my Home Court Habits, but after nearly two weeks away on my last adventure I came home feeling pretty darn good about my state of health and fitness.
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